Voting Begins for 2019 Teens’ Top Ten

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by Brandy

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees (PDF)

The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a “teen choice” list where young adults nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. This project is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Fifteen young adult book clubs from school and public libraries nationwide are responsible for determining a list of nominees for teens to consider. (Does your book club want to get involved? Learn how.)

Based on the recommendations of these teen book clubs, the list of this year’s 25 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week. Readers ages 12-18 are now invited to vote online through October 12 to narrow this list to the top ten selections.

The winning titles will be announced the week of October 14. Be sure to subscribe to our our email newsletter so you can stay updated!

Be Part of National History Day

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Brandy

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the National History Day contest. On Thursday, September 5, Tracy Wegman and Danielle Griego, National History Day coordinators, will share how you can you take part in this competition by producing a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance or website. They will showcase student’s past films, exhibits and stories beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library. This event is recommended for ages 10 and older.

Even if you can’t make this special program, don’t forget that DBRL has dozens of print and online resources available with primary sources like letters, petitions and speeches. As you begin your project, we encourage you to visit any of our four branch locations for assistance. You can also review our online guide to History Day research.

2019 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by Brandy

To celebrate this year’s Summer Reading theme, “A Universe of Stories,” we invited teens to share their nighttime-inspired photographs. DBRL was grateful to receive nearly 25 submissions from young photographers throughout our service area of Boone and Callaway counties.

Our winners are Taylor Seitz, Allison Collier and Hannah Riley. Check out their photos below and the stories that inspired their submissions. Each will receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Coming up this fall we have many exciting events planned for young adults including craft programs, book discussions, and an ACT workshop. Stay informed by subscribing to our our email newsletter! Continue reading “2019 Photo Contest Winners Announced”

College Planning Strategies

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Brandy

Printable Flyer (PDF)

Later this month, the Columbia Public Library will host a free workshop, “College Planning Strategies.” Join us on Wednesday, August 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. as you learn how to work toward your goals while in high school. Kristie Beck of Savvy Strategies will share tips on finding the right colleges, completing the application process and maximizing your chances of getting accepted.

This program is for families with children in grades 7-11. Both parents and students are welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, August 6. To sign-up, call (573) 443-3161.

As you make your journey toward college, don’t forget that the library has a wealth of resources to help you:

Cosplay Costume Con on August 26

Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by Dana

The library is hosting its annual Cosplay Costume Con on Monday, August 26 and I’m so excited!

If you’re new to the cosplay scene, let me give you a crash course:

Cosplay is a contraction of the words “costume play.”  It is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.  These characters can come from anywhere: movies, television, comic books, video games or cartoons.  Cosplay was born from the love of fandoms in the 1970s, but it has grown to encompass anything and everything in entertainment culture.

There are cosplay contests held all over the world.  But it’s not just about how good your outfit looks.  How accurate is it?  How much of it did you make yourself?  And, there is the performance aspect.  Do you walk and talk and interact with the crowd like your character would?  Our cosplay contest will be fun and low pressure, but there are some pretty serious people who have made a career out of cosplay. Continue reading “Cosplay Costume Con on August 26”

Summer Reading Ends August 4

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by Brandy

Sunday, August 4 is the final day for participants of all ages to claim rewards and enter into the final drawings for Summer Reading incentives. Those who have completed the Teen Summer Reading Challenge can claim their free book at any of our three libraries or bookmobile stops. You’ll also be entered into a drawing for other fun rewards including an Amazon Fire Tablet.

If you have questions, email us at teen@dbrl.org or call (573) 443-3161. Stay informed about upcoming teen programs and contests by subscribing to our our email newsletter!

Practice for Your Driver’s License Exam

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 by Brandy

Through our partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is now able to better assist teens looking to get their Missouri driver’s license. With this service, all library cardholders now have online access to the Missouri driver’s manual and practice exams.

You will need to log in using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or 1-800-324-4806.

2019-20 Gateway Award Finalists

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by Dana

Gateway Readers Award Finalists (PDF)

The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least three of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you can use the summer months to get crack-a-lackin’ on this list! The winner will be announced in April 2020.

The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter witnesses her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer. Her life gets complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her to learn what happened the night Khalil died.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Lucy was ready for a perfect summer hanging out with her boyfriend, working at Bible camp on the lake and spending quality time with her parents. When her mom’s cancer reappears and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must discover what grace really means. Continue reading “2019-20 Gateway Award Finalists”

2019-20 Truman Award Finalists

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by Dana

Truman Readers Award Finalists (PDF)

The Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least four of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next spring. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2020, this is a great list of summer reads for students in grades sixth through eighth.

Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds
Fueled by sadness and anger over his brother’s death, Will gets on the elevator, gun in hand, intent on seeking revenge. At each floor, someone connected to his dead brother gets on and has something to share with Will.

Piecing Me Together” by Renée Watson
Tired of being singled out as an at-risk kid at her mostly-white private school, Jade resists joining “Women to Women,” a mentorship program for at-risk girls, in favor of applying for the school’s amazing study abroad program. Continue reading “2019-20 Truman Award Finalists”

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by Dana

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees (PDF)

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Fifteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to vote on nationwide. Below is this year’s full list of Top Ten nominations. Don’t forget that the library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of these titles.

#MurderTrending” by Gretchen McNeil
Dee has been wrongfully convicted and sent to an island dubbed Alcatraz 2.0., where the worst criminals are murdered in terrifyingly creative ways for an app called Postman. She refuses to go down when she knows she’s innocent. Can she make it out with her Death Row Breakfast Club before they’re all killed off one by one?

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green
April May and her best friend Andy have fame thrust upon them after their video of a strange statue in New York goes viral. As the world discovers that there is far more to the statues than people initially suspected, April finds herself becoming the primary source of authority concerning the statues. At the heart of a viral marketing campaign and with her fame growing, April risks losing her relationships, her security, and her own identity. Continue reading “2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees”